VALLEJO (CBS SF) — Police have arrested a man suspected of raping a 53-year-old woman in her car in a Vallejo parking lot near City Hall in September.

Maurice Vernon, 21, was arrested by Oakland police at around 12:30 a.m. on Saturday in the 300 block of Grand Avenue and booked into the Alameda County jail. He was transported to the Solano County jail today.

Vernon was wanted on a $2 million warrant for sexual assault, police said.

Vernon is a member if the Oak Park Bloods gang out of Sacramento and has prior convictions on weapons, theft and assault with a deadly weapon charges, Vallejo police Lt. Ken Weaver said.

Police arrested a second suspect in the Sept. 3 rape, Donshay Nichols, 18, on Jan. 18, Weaver said. Nichols’ preliminary hearing on the rape charge is scheduled for March 5 in Solano County Superior Court.

The Vallejo woman, who was returning from a day trip to San Francisco on Sept. 3, was within sight of her car in the Vallejo Ferry overflow parking lot behind City Hall at 555 Santa Clara St. when two men grabbed her, Weaver said.

One of the men held a gun to her head and demanded jewelry and money. When she said she had no money, the suspects forcibly removed the rings from her fingers and tried to take her bracelet.

The suspects also took her wallet from her purse and after discovering her driver’s license, told the woman they now knew where she lives and she had ‘better not say a word about this or report this to anyone’, Weaver said.

The suspects then forced the woman into her car, threatened to kill her and sexually assaulted her. The suspects then read back her name and address and threatened to kill her and her family if she told anyone about the robbery and assault, Weaver said.

Vernon also is a suspect in an assault of a 60-year-old homeless woman in Vallejo in December, Weaver said.

The woman was severely beaten and was in the intensive care unit of a hospital for weeks.

Vernon also is suspected of robbing and carjacking a 20-year-old Vallejo man in September, Weaver said.

The Solano County District Attorney’s Office has filed a complaint against Vernon regarding the December assault of the homeless woman and also is reviewing a robbery in April that Vernon is suspected of committing in Vallejo, Weaver said.

(Copyright 2012 by CBS San Francisco and Bay City News Service. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

Comments (11)
  1. tn says:

    Castration- relatively cheap and a good deterrent for many rapists to consider as a real consequence, before raping another human being.

  2. el vagabundo says:

    In a just society everyone who allowed this slime to slide would be exposed and held accountable.

  3. Dale N says:

    seriously sick punk

  4. D Wright says:

    Why is a relatively young man with so many past crimes out on the streets at all? (And irrelevant though it is to the report, can there be any doubt about whom he and “Donshay” voted for in the last presidential election?)

    1. el vagabundo says:

      The courts require a steady supply of repeat offenders to keep the liberal judges busy. When you add the police system and the penal system to the mix you realize that a lot of folks are making a good living off “Donshay’ and “Maurice” and their ilk. If Vallejo had a “one strike you’re out policy,’ it would be a paradise in about 20 years but the law eforcement industry would rather see us robbed, raped, and murdered!

    2. Joe says:

      He couldn´t have voted due to his felony convictions.

  5. TheEyeintheSky says:

    You wouldn’t be laughing if this had happened to your mother, POS!!.

  6. Donald Wright says:

    Lee, you apparently keep a copy of this poorly spelled and badly punctuated bizarre blurb on file, because you plaster it into all kinds of articles to which it bears no relation. Afterword: It appears that forces of rationality have prevailed: your posting seems to have been removed.

  7. Texan says:

    Perhaps citizens should be allowed to obtain a permit to carry a concealed handgun?
    Don’t you distrust a government that does trust you.

  8. dbe says:

    Sung to Frank Sinatra-

    My Kind Of Town- Vallejo is.
    Bankrupt and crime ridden it is…

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